Nok Air and Sichuan Airlines operate direct flights from Phuket to Sichuan in China.
Flight Schedule from Phuket to Sichuan
Click on the Phuket – Sichuan link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Flights from Phuket to Sichuan depart from Phuket International Airport, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110.
Flights from Phuket to Sichuan arrive at in Sichuan at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan
The Leshan Giant Buddha Statue is a 71 metre tall statue carved out of red sandstone located 150 km by road to the south of Chengdu in Sichuan Province China. Construction of the statue commenced in 713, but was not completed until 1803, partly because of its immense size and partly because funding for the work dried up.
The Leshan Giant Pagoda has suffered badly over the year due to erosion of the soft stone and a massive restoration project on the statue began in 1963 and the work is still ongoing. The intricately carved head of the statue is fully restored but the body still needs a lot of work to get it back to how it is believed to have looked originally. The restoration work is likely to take some time because the statue is so big: the statues longest fingers are 8.3 metres long and the bottom of each foot is 8.5 metres wide, with the rest of the body roughly in proportion.
The Leshan Giant Buddha Statue does not depict the Lord Gautama Buddha, but rather Maitreya. Some Buddhists believe that Maitreya is the fifth in the line of Buddhas who will appear on earth when the teachings of the Gautama Buddha (the fourth Buddha) are no longer practiced. In Mahayana Buddhism it is believed that Maitreya is waiting in a Buddhist version of heaven to descend to earth. In Theravada Buddhism it is believed that Maitreya will born as a normal human being but achieve enlightenment through meditation.